Re: Re: Where is the Mathematica Book in Documentation

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg76094] Re: [mg76046] Re: [mg75987] Where is the Mathematica Book in Documentation*From*: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>*Date*: Wed, 16 May 2007 05:28:23 -0400 (EDT)*Organization*: Mathematics & Statistics, Univ. of Mass./Amherst*References*: <30170403.1179134292863.JavaMail.root@m35> <200705150857.EAA17036@smc.vnet.net>*Reply-to*: murray at math.umass.edu

But that's the book for Mathematica 5.2. While a new user could still learn a lot from it and, if using the printed form, get physical exercise as well, one could quickly run into confusion if using 6.0. DrMajorBob wrote: > The Mathematica Book is online at > > http://documents.wolfram.com/mathematica/book/ > > Bobby > > On Mon, 14 May 2007 02:49:32 -0500, Mark Adler <madler at alumni.caltech.edu> > wrote: > >> The old help function was actually helpful. >> >> Aside from the fact that I now need to know how to spell in order to >> get help from the "Documentation Center", I can't find the good stuff >> that used to be there. (Apparently you can use asterisk as a wild >> card to help a little with the spelling thing.) >> >> Most notably the Mathematica Book is missing in action. I used to be >> able to simply read the book, chapter and verse, find references to >> functions in several places in the book, and use the book's index. >> >> Now I can't find any of that. >> >> Also when I look at functions that are in packages, there is no >> information or examples about how to load or depend on the package. >> All I want to see is the relevant Get or Needs expression to be able >> to use the function. >> >> The information on functions now seems rather terse, with no real >> explanations or decent examples. (Yes, I click on all the things I >> can click on to see what's there.) >> >> Another funny thing is that even though the Documentation Center >> doesn't try to complete what you're typing like the old Help did, >> typing in Documentation Center is monumentally slow! I can type much >> faster than the text displays in the window. I then watch it fill in >> what I typed. What's with that? >> >> Overall, this seems like a horrible downgrade from the Help in 5.2. >> >> Mark Adler >> >> >> > > > -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305

**References**:**Re: Where is the Mathematica Book in Documentation Center?***From:*DrMajorBob <drmajorbob@bigfoot.com>